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FSM Essential Recap: Golden Knights vs Sharks – Game 8 – 2022

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Golden Knights (6-2-0)  | San Jose Sharks (2-7-0)

 

Phil Kessel becomes the all-time NHL Ironman leader and scores his 400th career goal as the Golden Knights sink the Sharks 4-2 to remain the number-one team in the Western Conference.

 

Golden Knights vs Sharks
Photo Credit: Godofredo A. Vásquez/AP

Last night was another historic night for Vegas Golden KnightsPhil Kessel, who is now officially the all-time NHL ironman leader for playing his 990th consecutive game.

The Knights would travel up to the Bay Area to face their heated rival, the San Jose Sharks, at the SAP Center.  Going into this game, the Knights wanted to remain dominant and consistent in the Pacific division and the number one team atop the Western Conference.

After playing two straight games, Logan Thompson would get some rest as Adin Hill would start in net and also make his return to San Jose since being moved to Vegas during this past offseason. 

Throughout the first period, the game was back-and-forth deadlocked at 0 a piece, but with over 3 minutes left in the game, the script couldn’t be written in a more perfect way for Vegas. Phil Kessel, with a burst of speed, would blow by a Sharks defender and score a quick goal to give the Knights the first lead of 1-0. To make the score even more special, the goal would be Kessel’s 400th for his career, making him the 12th American-born player to do so as well. The Knights would end the period with a milestone moment and the lead 1-0.

 

The full arsenal of the Vegas offense was on display last night.

 

Golden Knights vs Sharks
Photo Credit: Godofredo A. Vásquez/AP

The start of the second period would be a test of will for the Knights. A few minutes in, the Sharks’ Nico Strum would score a goal assisted by Kevin Labanc that would tie the game at 1-1. The second period would again be a close tight matchup between the two rivals until the final second. The Sharks struck again, this time from Matt Nieto on a breakaway goal to give San Jose a 2-1 lead at the end of the second period.

Going into the third period, the VGK had their backs against the wall and needed to regroup fast… And they did. The Knights struck back quickly in the early two minutes of the third when Shae Theodore scored on a nice wrist shot assisted by Jonathan Marchessault to tie the game at 2-2. It seemed like the game was back in the Knights’ hands at first, but Vegas, unfortunately, would get called for a goaltender inference for hitting Sharks goaltender James Reimer, setting the Sharks up for a power play. 

However, the Knights successfully stopped the Sharks’ power play keeping the game tied. Midway through the third period, William Karlsson would nicely skate past the Sharks’ defenders and score a quick one to give the Knights the lead back at 3-2.

The onslaught of the Knights’ offense was not over as Chandler Stephenson would circle around and feed a nice pass to Mark Stone for a giveaway goal to seal the game 4-2, giving the Knights their second straight victory. Also, this is the eighth straight game the Knights have won against the Sharks in San Jose. The last time the Sharks won a home game against Vegas was game 7 of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Golden Knights are starting this season the right way, which is a surprise to most VGK fans due to the circumstances of their front-office decisions during the off-season. But they are playing with a chip on their shoulder, proving the naysayers wrong with their offensive fury, and learning to regroup with their backs against the wall. First place in the Pacific division and first place in the Western Conference is an excellent way to start things in this new Golden Era.

 

The Golden Knights will return to the Fortress at T-Mobile Arena to play another division foe, the Anaheim Ducks, on Friday at  3:00 pm. The game can be seen on AT&T Sports Net.

 

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– Jonathan Randall – Franchise Sports Media

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